Personal safety this Christmas

As the Christmas party seasons approaches, people are being urged to think about their personal safety and follow some simple rules to ensure a good night out is enjoyed by all.

The Safer North Hampshire community safety team and Hampshire Constabulary are encouraging people to follow these tips:

• Never leave bags unattended on a night out, and always use table or bar hooks if available.

• Never leave your drink unattended – it only takes a few seconds for someone to potentially tamper with it. Some venues provide bottle stops to prevent anyone putting something in your drink, so it is worth asking if these are available.

• Always plan the journey home before leaving the house or office and avoid walking alone. Save the number of a local licensed taxi firm in your mobile phone. If using a taxi, ensure it is registered and displaying taxi license plates. If you are concerned that a taxi is not genuine, do not get in, and report it to your local authority licensing team.

• How much you drink on a night out can also affect your decision-making – never drink so much that you might endanger yourself.

• If driving to a party or event, do not be tempted to drink. Many venues offer free soft drinks for designated drivers.

• Remember that you may still be over the alcohol limit the day after a night out, depending on the level of alcohol consumed. If unsure whether it is safe to drive, make alternative arrangements.

Personal attack alarms and bottle stops are available from the Safer North Hampshire team free of charge – if you would like one, contact the team using the details below.

Cllr John Kennett, Chair of the Safer North Hampshire* Community Safety Partnership, said: “Following these simple tips can help ensure we all have a safe and happy Christmas – let’s look out for our family and friends and keep an eye out for each other over the holiday period.”

For more information please contact 01252 774476 or email